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PRINCIPLES OF ELOCUTION;
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.
BY REV. WILLIAM B. LACEY, A. M,
RECTOR OF ST. PETER'S CHURCH, ALBANY.
The Faculty of expressing one's Ideas with Perspicuity, Energy and
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T. ROMEYN BECK, M. D.
PROFESSOR OF THE INSTITUTES OF MEDICINE,
LECTURER ON MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE,
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF THE STATE
PRINCIPAL OF THE ALBANY ACADEMY, &c. &c.
PREFACE. A few weeks since, I was requested to assist in drawing up a system of instruction for 66 The Albavy Female Seminary," and to indicate the books suitable for its prosecution. In complying with this request, I soon discovered-or thought I discovered--the want of a proper Manual for teaching Children the science and art of Elocution. This circumstance I mentioned to some learned and judicious friends, who assured me there is no work happily adapted to this object, either in this country or in Great Britain. This information induced the following Essay.
In it, I have designed to exhibit all the fundamental principles of Elocution, arranged, if not with philosophical accuracy, at least with sufficient method to render the comprehension of them easy. These principles are stated in the plainest language, and with as much brevity as possible. Instead of running into a perplexing detail of the elements of Taste, the discussion is confined to the admitted principles of good Reading, leaving something by way of expansion, to be attempted in another work.
The selections are confined simply to the illustration of rules; and this, I am confident, is the best way to teach the art of reading. Children in the first instance should be possessed with princi